• 09 Jan 2015 10:53 AM | Cyril Dworsky (Administrator)

    The ‘What is Science?’ activity pack is now available on the EUCU.NET webesite.

    It is a self-contained workshop kit to engage children with science in various settings. It was designed during the SiS Catalyst project by the University of Liverpool in cooperation with the Liverpool Students Guild to be easily set up by any institution or organisation that works with students.

    ‘What is Science?’ is a 2–3 hour session (that can be extended) that demonstrates the many aspects of science to children aged 9–12 years. The session starts with some baseline activities to determine
    what the young people already know and think about science, and also getting them to think about their own likes and interests.

    The main section of the session however is an online presentation, which has a path that guides a class through all the different types of science. Each section includes a video, photo or experiment. The class
    members are also encouraged to think of different jobs that use the knowledge found in that topic (for example a sound technician studying acoustics or football coach studying sports science). The session ends with the young people reflecting on how large and inclusive science is, what they like about it, and how it may be related to life.

    [workshop kit description by University of Liverpool]

    An English version of the ‘What is Science?’ pack is free to download at the EUCU.NET website. Templates for translations in other languages are also available.

  • 06 Nov 2014 10:26 AM | Anonymous

    Missed the Visionary of Fantasy Conference last September in Vienna? Now you can watch the recordings of the welcome speeches and key notes in our media section. [link]

    Unfortunately we didn't record the English simultaneous interpretation of Michael Hartmanns key note so you have to know German to follow this lecture.

  • 10 Oct 2014 9:06 AM | Anonymous

    The new animation movie "What is a Children's University" is already a huge success and has been promoted in many countries. Launched at the Visionary of Fantasy Conference one month ago in Vienna the initial English version is now complemented with translated versions in French, German, Polish and Spanish. If you are interested in a version in your language please contact us. Watch all movie versions at our website.

  • 12 Jun 2014 9:11 AM | Cyril Dworsky (Administrator)
    Creating open spaces for science communication and social inclusion.

    The next EUCU.NET conference is going to happen this autumn between the 10th-12th September 2014 in Vienna / Austria.

    The conference will tackle fundamental questions about science learning environments and aspects of (social) inclusion and promote successful approaches in various parallel workshops and an open space.

    See more...

  • 03 Jun 2014 9:56 AM | Cyril Dworsky (Administrator)
    The new EUCU.NET 2014 project survey is intended to retrieve current data about universities that are offering such programs for children and young people. Our interest is in programs that are typically intended for participants of a school-age (approx. 7-14 years of age, but definitely younger than regular-age students or those who are close to a study enrollment).

    It takes no longer than 5 Minutes to fill in our survey form!
    Please forward this information to your colleagues who may be concerned with this issue.
    (Departments for outreach and public engagement, widening participation, public relations or similar)

    With your contribution you help us to get a clearer picture about current activities which support Science in Society, notably for children and young people. Additionally you support us in considering the relevance, the variety and the impact of university engagements with children on a European level and beyond.

    To participate please go to our online survey tool.

    The objectives of such programs may vary, according to the interests of the organising universities:
    They may aim to promote positive attitudes towards science and research or to create science awareness among children; they may be focused on science communication and the enhancement of academic skills; they may be trying to get more students into STEM fields or influence educational aspiration in general; they may be intended for gifted children or be part of a public engagement policy in general.
    In ANY case – if such university-based initiatives are intended for school-aged children, we are definitely interested to learn about them!
    (this is your second chance: access the survey at

    Thank you for your contribution!

    Image on landing page from clemsonunivlibrary at flickr.
  • 26 Mar 2014 8:58 AM | Cyril Dworsky (Administrator)
    The international Summer School of Science 2014 in Croatia is offering courses for interested high school students. The students can apply until May 1st 2014.

    The Summer School of Science is a 10-day long international camp organized by the non-profit organisation society Out-of-Frame Education (EVO) as interdisciplinary workshop for high school students.

    The School held in Pozega, Croatia consists of two camps:
    • camp S3++ (July 12th - July 22nd) - 11th or 12th grade students
    • camp S3 (July 24th - August 1th) - 9th or 10th grade students

    It offers high school students a diverse range of research projects and lectures in the fields of science and technology. This year, EVO gathered an international team of young scientists coming from top European scientific institutions - University of Cambridge, University of Zurich, EMBL Heidelberg, ETH Zurich, EPFL Lausanne. Project work will be accompanied by evening lectures given by eminent scientists from all over the globe.

    Confirmed speakers include:
    • prof. Ivan Djikic (Biochemistry Institute of Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany)
    • Bojan Zagrovic (Max F. Perutz Laboratories, Vienna, Austria), recipient of the prestigious European Research Council Starting Grant.

    The School is supported, among others, by the Google Rise Award, European Union FP7 grant and Open Society Foundations. More information about this year’s program and how to apply can be found on the School website

    Download the Summer School Poster.

    (EVO is part of the SiS Catalyst Mentoring Programme)
  • 11 Mar 2014 11:11 AM | Chris Gary (Administrator)
    During the last 10 years, the Children’s University approach seemed to have a continuous uptrend: More and more Children’s University programs appeared in the media and on the web, and the ones that were established already have asserted their reputation and position. However, an overview of current developments was not available based on actual data. In order to improve evidence and support the argumentation for the relevance of Children’s Universities, EUCU.NET has conducted a survey on the current state of deployment – and a report will be available soon!

    Here are some advance figures:

    All in all, a total of 356 Children’s Universities and similar initiatives was identified in 40 countries in Europe and beyond and they were contacted for a survey. Compared to the 2009 data (191 Children’s University programs), this is an increase of 86% of programs that could be located.  163 of these Children’s Universities have responded and provided more insight into their activities – which are really promising in many aspects:  After the booming in 2003-2005, the Children’s Universities which were initiated in these years are now entering the second decade of operation – so they definitely represent a sustainable approach, and they still count up to 42% the Children’s University in the sample. On the other side, the emergence trend is still unabated: Almost 25% of the Children’s Universities in the sample are younger than five years. Together, all those initiatives form a massive approach: Almost 190.000 participants are participating in these programs, with a notable emphasis on the 7 to 14-year-olds! This is a clear hint that the overall number of participants may well exceed 400.000 children and young people who get in touch with science and researchers at first time.

    This is a great success for Children’s Universities – and more success stories will follow.
  • 29 Jan 2014 9:22 AM | Cyril Dworsky (Administrator)
    On the way to the “best Children’s University”: The Supply and Demand Relationship under the Principle of Participation. Opportunities and Challenges Raised by the Children’s University
  • 29 Jan 2014 9:21 AM | Cyril Dworsky (Administrator)
    Children as Change Agents for Science and Society - they have to be included as actors in the decisions we make today! Join the SiS Catalyst Conference in Ghent, 2.-5. March 2014. Registration for the free conference ist sill open:
  • 18 Sep 2013 8:10 AM | Cyril Dworsky (Administrator)
    The Journal of Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning has released a call for papers on the topic of 'Building Positive Learning Trajectories: Earlier engagements and lifelong approaches to widening participation'
The journal is published by the Open University which is a distance learning and research university in the UK.
    Submission deadline is 25th November 2013 and the journal will be released early 2014. If you are interested in submitting a paper for consideration, please see the document at the SiS Catalyst website for a more detailed abstract and instructions on how to send your paper.
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